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Brian Hyde gets four life sentences in 2015 homicides

Lee Herald Favicon 16Brian Omar Hyde will serve four life sentences in the 2015 killing of his relatives, including a cousin who was six months pregnant.

Now 22, Hyde was sentenced to life in prison on four counts of second degree murder, the State Attorney’s Office said.

In the case, prosecutors said that Hyde, 19 at the time of the killings in August 2015, used a machete to kill his aunt, Dorla Pitts, 37, and her daughter, Starlette Pitts, 17, along with Starlette’s boyfriend Michael Kelly Jr., 19. Hyde, a Belize national, was staying with the Pitts family in Lehigh Acres. An additional murder charge was added in Hyde’s case because Starlette was six months pregnant at the time of her death.

The bodies were discovered on August 12, 2015, while Hyde was charged in the crimes a day later.

Hyde was already in police custody at the time he was charged, as Fort Myers police had pulled him over after Hyde was said to be driving erratically in his aunt’s car and didn’t have a license. Police also said at the time of the arrest that Hyde had a packed bag in the vehicle and had blood on his clothing. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office charged him with murder shortly thereafter.

The case saw brief national attention in 2015 when President Donald Trump, then a candidate seeking the Republican nomination, used Hyde’s mugshot in a social media post attacking primary opponent Jeb Bush on immigration.


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